Beautiful LED Word “clock” shows the weather #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
Really neat weather display from AughtNaughtZero on Instructables
This project utilizes a 22 x 13 matrix of addressable RGB LEDs to visualize a weather forecast pulled from the Weather Underground API.
A Raspberry Pi runs a python program designed to fetch weather forecast data from the API at regular intervals, parse the data into temperature, wind speed, and weather condition arrays, and then light specific sets of LED’s that represent words in the LED matrix.
Mounted in its own enclosure, the project can set on a shelf, desk, or hang on a wall as a visual display for upcoming weather conditions over the next 12 hours.
The inspiration for this project comes from the beautiful LED Word Clocks that captured my imagination when they first began showing up on maker community forums. After a lot of research, tinkering, programming, and several failed attempts, I’m happy to have a version with a twist that I can share with the community that inspired me.
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